Current Research Projects
Here you will find an overview of our current research projects, grouped by Smart Services according to the data information value chain, which you will find in the overview of our main research areas.
The objective of the NEXGEN SIMS (Next Generation Carbon Neutral Pilots For Smart Intelligent Mining Systems) project is the further development and advanced demonstration of technologies for future-oriented sustainable mining in Europe. The consortium, which is funded by the EU within the framework of Horizon 2020, involves well-known partners from research and industry from all over Europe. The project is the successor of the EU-funded project SIMS (Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems), in which the AMT was also involved.
The aim of the project Automated Bolt Reload is to develop a robust automated system for reloading the magazine with anchors. This process is still carried out manually today. The monitoring of the reloading process as well as the anchor setting will be done with a sensor system. This will pursue three overarching goals: 1) Higher safety and improved working conditions, 2) Increased efficiency through the execution of parallel activities and the shortening of anchorage cycles and 3) Simple implementation of the automated process and integration into existing work processes.
In PAM4.0, "The intelligent deslagging machine for hot operating conditions", the AMT, together with TML Technik GmbH, is developing the sensor and actuator systems for the first automated, newly designed and optimized deslagging machine on the market.
On the one hand, this machine will be equipped with a sensor system suitable for the steel mill environment, which detects the floating slag on the surface of the molten steel, which is up to 1500°C hot, and automatically carries out the deslagging movement.
On the other hand, a teleremote stand is being built from which the deslagging movements can be monitored and, if necessary, supplemented by human intervention so that the control stand in the immediate vicinity of the dangerously hot melting ladle is no longer required. The aim of the project is to increase occupational safety and comfort and, at the same time, to produce more resource-efficient steel by increasing the efficiency of the deslagging process. In this way, a step towards the automation and digitalization of dangerous and difficult work processes is to be realized towards a safe, efficient and responsible supply of raw materials.
POSITIONING & NAVIGATION
The aim of the ARTUS project (Autonomous robust transport system for hybrid, environmentally friendly raw material extraction based on articulated special vehicles) is to develop a system for operating a fleet of autonomously operating special vehicles for hybrid, i.e. surface and underground mining environments. This will enable a more environmentally friendly and sustainable extraction of mineral raw materials, as the utilization of the individual machines will be improved, consumption and wear reduced and the productivity of the entire system optimized.
AMT's goal is to implement an open, manufacturer- and interface-neutral communication system for a comprehensive machine-to-machine communication as part of the ARTUS project.
The HEET II project aims to develop the innovative high efficiency power system for machines and devices, increasing the level of work safety in underground mining, in potentially explosive conditions such as coal mines. The system will consist of four critical subsystems:
- transmission of electricity with single-wire technology,
- transmission of electricity with wireless technology,
- integration of the rail of the suspension monorail and
- monitoring and control system of the power supply network.
The AMT will implement a platform to monitor the parameters of the system and the environment and send them to the surface of the mine. These subsystems will be developed and implemented by a collaboration with an interdisciplinary consortium from Germany, Poland and Romania.
The ScaleSense project aims to develop a sensor-based system for the detection of loose rock within the scaling process and to integrate the system into a scaler. This innovative system will be used in underground mines within the scaling process. It is intended to meet the increasing demands on the raw materials industry. This will assist the operator in identifying loose rock and making the scaling process safer and more efficient.
The aim of the project BUSDUCT (Increase of mines efficiency and health protection through the innovative transport system based on BUSDUCT) is to develop a prototype of a suspended monorail locomotive (SML) which is powered with electrical energy via a busduct. This electrically powered locomotive is designed for the use in potentially explosive areas of the Polish coal mining industry. The electric drive enables the SML to run at higher speeds, which increases the efficiency of the mine’s logistic processes.
DEEP SEA MINING
The aim of the Blue Harvesting project is to develop a hydraulic collector for manganese nodules from the deep sea. The collector is one of the core components for the industrial mining of manganese nodules, the use of which can contribute to securing the long-term supply of raw materials. In the Blue Harvesting project, a special focus is placed on the development of a collector with the lowest possible impact on the deep-sea environment.
INNOVATION AND TRANSFER
The "Mine ReWIR" project, which is funded by the BMBF as part of the "Structural Change & Innovation" program family and is currently in the concept phase, brings together relevant stakeholders around the Rhenish mining area in an alliance in order to establish a regional innovation network and thus prepare for the lignite phase-out together with the mining supply companies directly affected.
To this end, innovation paths in the areas of digitization, internationalization and sustainability are to be developed in the coming years together with companies, municipal stakeholders, and research partners. Know-how is to be kept in the region, future opportunities and potentials are to be used and thus contribute to a sustainable structural change